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Minsk – a brief introduction

Minsk – a brief introduction The Minsk City Gates Belarus is nicknamed the “Last Dictatorship in Europe,” and it’s often described as a vestige of the Soviet Union, a sort of museum piece. But a visit to the country quickly gives you a different impression. Beyond the airport, there are

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Minsk – a Beginners Guide

Minsk – a Beginners Guide Minsk City Gates The obvoius place to start a visit to Minsk is the Independence avenue or Praspiekt Niezaliežnasci, a broad boulevard that stretches all through the city center. Along the Avenue you find all the classic attractions, in fact the avenue itself is a

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Katya- Our Minsk Guide

Katya – a Great Link to Minsk

As with many of the former Soviet republics, it can be a challenge to visit Belarus. For one thing; the language. They use cyrillic letters and they speak little or no english (or german or french or any other familiar tongue). The best solution is thus to hire a Belarusien

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An Amalfi drivers nightmare

Amalfi – a severely crowded beauty

The popular Amalfi Coast route (SS 163 Amalfitana) run along the coast from Sorrento south to Salerno. It is highly recommended to avoid going there during the tourist season as the roads are crowded with tour buses, mobile homes and tourists. From mid-September to October and also in May, it

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Russians on Holiday

Cyprus and the new brand of tourists

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text] Cyprus – the Island of Aphrodite – has ever since the onset of mass tourism, been a favoured destination for sun thirsty Europeans. Germans, Englishmen, Scandinavians, we’ve all indulged in the nice climate, the calm lifestyle and the history of the island. In recent years however, a

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The Cyprus Flag

Cyprus – a brief history lesson

Cyprus officially the Republic of Cyprus  is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off the coasts of Syria and Turkey. Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union. It is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt and east of Greece. The earliest known human

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Sagadi Mois – an Estonian Gem

Sagadi Mois – an Estonian Gem The beautiful Sagadi manor is called “the most manorial manor” in Estonia. The manor consists of several buildings with white arcades surrounding a large square, a gorgeous 18th century manor house and a lovely pond.

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Santa Barbara – moorish and detached

Santa Barbara has something for you ,whether you like hiking, fine-dining, water sports, lazing on the beach, culture, or a great night-life. Santa Barbara is a town with a difference Santa Barbara county is sometimes referred to as the American Riviera. Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make

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Los Olivos – Small and charming

Located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, this charming little historic town is a gem. With a grand view of Santa Barbara County’s vineyards and horse ranches, Los Olivos is famous for its art galleries, wine tasting opportunities, restaurants, antiques, a great countryside and friendly residents found throughout the village.

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The Madonna Inn – a world of Kitsch

  The Founder of the Hotel, Alex Madonna has been quoted as saying, “Anybody can build one room and a thousand like it. It’s more economical. Most places try to give you as little as possible. I try to give people a decent place to stay where they receive more

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

The typical Carmel dwelling The charming town of Carmel is perhaps most famous for having actor and director Clint Eastwood as mayor from 1986 to 1988, but this charming little town has a lot more going for it than that. Founded in 1902, it is situated on the Monterey Peninsula and

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Monterey, Cannery Row and the Bay Aquarium

Monterey is one of the more beautiful coastal cities of California. It was originally the state capital of California, and has many historic buildings in its downtown. Today it is best known for its beautiful coastline, its world-class aquarium and from the many John Steinbeck novels set there, including Cannery Row (which has

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The Escape from Alcatraz

50 years on – the hunt for the three escapees continues. Half a century after the illustrious escape, US Marshall Michael Dyke is still trying to catch up. On June 11th 1962 the three men, Clarence Anglin, John William Anglin and Frank Lee Morris escaped from Alcatraz Prison. The prison

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Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island is located 2.4 km offshore from San Francisco.   Often referred to as “The Rock“, the small island was originally used for a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison (1868), and then as a federal prison from 1933 until 1963. Then, in the beginning of November 1969, the island was occupied

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